BENGALURU: More than 500 foreign nationals were involved in about 330 criminal cases in the city over the last three years. Of them, about 60 per cent are out on bail and continue to live in Bengaluru, according to an internal study conducted by the city police.
Most of these cases relate to drug peddling, prostitution, cyber crimes, theft and assault. “The study revealed that 60 per cent of the accused are out on bail while 30 per cent are in judicial custody. Five per cent of accused are absconding and cases related to the remaining 5 per cent of foreign nationals were dropped as there was no substantial evidence,” police sources said.
The sources added, “These cases exclude those registered under provisions of Foreigners Act and Passport Act. Overstaying of foreign nationals in city has also been a major concern for the city police.
“According to reports, 1,087 of the 23,516 foreign nationals who were staying in Bengaluru by the end of 2015, were overstaying. Some of them left the country and some renewed their visas. Now, the city police, with the help of Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO), have identified 632 overstaying foreign nationals and are planning to deport them,” they said.